Crouch’s fate revealed for high hit on Demon
Adelaide Crows star Matt Crouch will be breathing a huge sigh of relief after avoiding a suspension for a high hit on Melbourne star Clayton Oliver in his side's pre-season loss.
The incident involving Crouch and Oliver occurred in the third quarter of the two teams' Marsh Community Series clash, when Crouch collected Oliver with a high bump.
However, despite being charged with "Engaging in Rough Conduct" from the AFL's Match Review Officer, Crouch avoided a suspension, instead hit with a $2000 fine.
The incident was ultimately assessed as "Careless Conduct with Low Impact and High Contact".
While Crouch escaped without a ban, Kangaroos defender Marley Williams was not so lucky, being slapped with a two-match ban for his late bump on Bulldogs youngster Ed Richards.
Williams' bump on Richards, which caused the Bulldog to be briefly hospitalised, was assessed as "Careless Conduct with High Impact and High Contact".
Brisbane Lions skipper Dayne Zorko has also avoided a suspension, despite being charged with "Misconduct" for pushing Port Adelaide's Kane Farrell into a trainer.
Zorko was hit with $4000 fine as a fourth offence, but can accept a $2500 sanction with an early plea.